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Walsh comeback at next week's Listowel Festival

Ruby Walsh, out of action since suffering a neck injury in July, says he is fit and ready to race in next week’s Listowel Festival.

Ruby aboard Hurricane Fly.
Ruby aboard Hurricane Fly.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

DESPITE EARLIER REPORTS that he would miss the upcoming Listowel festival, Ruby Walsh has now confirmed that he is set to return to action in Kerry next week.

The jockey has been out of action since breaking two vertebrae in his neck, after falling off Friendly Society in a Killarney handicap on 12 July.

Last week he pencilled in a return later in September but was confident of making Listowel. However, Walsh revealed on Friday that he has been riding ‘for the last ten days or so’ and that he hopes to be involved throughout the final festival of the year.

“I’ve been passed fit and have been riding out for the last ten days or so,” he told the Irish Examiner. “I was at Willie Mullins’ yesterday, also on Tuesday, as well as the previous Thursday.

“I’m not sure just how busy I will be at Listowel, but if I can get a ride then will definitely be there on Sunday.

Mullins has four runners in Wednesday’s Guineas Kerry National, with Walsh expected to jump aboard one of the contenders.

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